Evolution of America Investigative Journalism

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Beginning with America's first newspaper, investigative reporting has provided journalism with its most significant achievements and challenging controversies. Yet it was an ill-defined practice until the 1960s when it emerged as a potent voice in newspapers and on television news programs. In The Evolution of American Investigative Journalism, James L. Aucoin provides readers with the first comprehensive history of investigative journalism, including a thorough account of the founding and achievements of ...
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Overview

Beginning with America's first newspaper, investigative reporting has provided journalism with its most significant achievements and challenging controversies. Yet it was an ill-defined practice until the 1960s when it emerged as a potent voice in newspapers and on television news programs. In The Evolution of American Investigative Journalism, James L. Aucoin provides readers with the first comprehensive history of investigative journalism, including a thorough account of the founding and achievements of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).
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"The Evolution of American Investigative Journalism is well researched, soundly grounded in theory, well organized, and compellingly written. Most important, it is historiography that exemplifies excellent story telling.”—Fred Blevens, coauthor of The Twilight of Press Freedom: The Rise of People’s Journalism 

“Little has been written about twentieth-century investigative reporting other than the turn-of-the century muckrakers and, to a lesser degree, the literary journalism that became popular in the 1960s. Therefore, this much needed text fills a historical hole of significant proportion, and it brings as much attention to media function as it does to media history.”—Lloyd Chiasson, author and editor of Three Centuries of American Media

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826217462
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,246,849
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

James L. Aucoin is Associate Professor of Communications at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He is the author of Water in Nebraska: Uses, Politics, Policies.

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Table of Contents

1 The tradition of exposure in American journalism 17
2 The reemergence of investigative journalism, 1960-1975 42
3 Defining the practice, 1960-1975 84
4 The founding of IRE 117
5 The Arizona project : IRE's unique contribution to American journalism 142
6 IRE and the mainstreaming of investigative journalism 171
7 A social practice 203
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